A “downstream restriction” is preventing water from draining properly from Sandmar Village — and its engineer should have caught the problem from the beginning

Moreover, if the engineer for the subdivision on Ripon’s south side did catch the problem, the developer shouldn’t have OK-ed the project anyway.

Either way, until that restriction is taken care of, the drainage never will improve, and Sandmar never will grow into its planned Phase II.

“Rather than figure out [the drainage problems] first, they went ahead and built the subdivision, knowing it would have a drainage problem,” said DNR storm-water engineer Gus Glaser, who has been working on the issue. “... I don’t know if I would have signed off on it without having easements in place.”

Read the full story in the Dec. 10, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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